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Water Supplies

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will introduce a requirement on water companies to submit an application for water scarcity status before seeking permission for any new reservoir capacity. [33665]

Mr. Morley: The Government expects any water company proposing a major new water resources development, such as a reservoir, to have fully investigated the opportunities for enhanced levels of demand management. Enhanced levels of metering is one of the measures that should be considered.

The legislation governing application for designation as an Area of Water Scarcity are The Water Industry (Prescribed Conditions) Regulations 1999. Under this legislation when determining an application the Secretary of State must have regard to, among other considerations, the water resources which are or could be made available for meeting demand in an area over the period-of 10 years following an application. This would include reservoir capacity.

One of the projects the recently formed Water Saving Group will be doing is to encourage companies to better use the current powers they have for promoting metering and develop and take forward options for increasing the particular circumstances in which companies have the discretion to meter, particularly in water stressed areas. The Group will also consider the lessons learnt from a review of the current application for area of water scarcity status and encourage further applications for area of water scarcity status in water stressed areas as well as looking at ways of simplifying the application process.

Wild Fowl

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 17 November 2005, Official Report, column 1383W, on wild fowl, what estimate she has made of the total number of mallard released on National Gamebag Census shooting estates in each of the last five years. [33745]

Jim Knight: The Secretary of State for Environment and Rural Affairs has not made any such assessment of the total number of mallard released on National Gamebag Census shooting estates in each of the last five years, but figures provided to the Game Conservancy Trust suggest that on average 34,988 mallard are released each year on shooting estates.

The actual figures taken from the National Game Census on a yearly basis are as follows:
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Total number of Mallard released


International Convention Against Doping In Sport

Mr. Martyn Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when the UK will ratify the international convention against doping in sport recently adopted by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation; and if she will make a statement. [34721]

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Mr. Caborn: It is the Government's intention to become party to the convention as soon as the necessary parliamentary procedures have been completed. However, until we receive an authenticated copy from UNESCO of the adopted convention, we are unable at this time to give a precise date for when the UK expects to ratify the convention.

Consultants/Special Advisers

Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) consultants and (b) special advisers were employed by her Department in each year since 1997; what the cost of each was in each year; and if she will make a statement. [27420]

Mr. Lammy: The information requested is as follows.

(a) Detailed records of contracts are not retained for the years 1997 and 1998. In the year 1997 the cost of consultants was £309,000 and in 1998 it was £728,000.
ConsultantContractAmount (£)
Deloitte and ToucheReview of Museums and Galleries27,500
KPMGRisk Management Systems11,836
MORIAttitude Survey Research15,660
PKFFinancial Projections18,000
Price WaterhouseCoopersRoyal Armouries Consultancy21,500
SpectrumE-commerce Best Practice26,790
Price WaterhouseCoopersBusiness Risk Management24,220
Small miscellaneous projects aggregate58,000
LorienNDPB Review Programme (Framework)
PKFNDPB Review Programme (Framework) 223,602
CapitaNDPB Review Programme (Framework)
PKFBBC's Financial Reporting27,300
ORC InternationalStaff Survey Report13,130
Small miscellaneous projects aggregate22,600
McKinseysCulture Online Formation1,340,000
AHL LtdInternal Audit Resources70,000
Organisational ConsultingHorse Race Levy Scheme40,000
Price WaterhouseCoopersCommonwealth Games Review58,500
AJW AssociatesCoaching Task Force10,000
Small miscellaneous projects aggregate37,100
Kingshurst Consulting GroupCapital of Culture Analysis30,480
Richard LambertBBC News 24 requirement)44,700
MORIBBC News 24 requirement)
Robert PalmerCapital of Culture Adviser30,000
PriceWaterhouseCoopersE-Commerce Impact Study43,750
Stanton MarrisTouchstone Project85,000
Hay GroupSkill Audit136,195
Atkins Management ConsultantsFinancial Adviser-Apethorpe Hall17,290
ExperianCultural Facilities Register42,400
Small miscellaneous projects aggregate28,600
Kingshurst Consulting GroupCapital of Culture shortlist16,875
Health Food and Safety SolutionsFitness for Purposes16,000
PriceWaterhouseCoopersLondon 2012 Costs and Benefits38,000
Gillian AshmoreReview of Heritage Protection50,000
Odgers, Ray and BerndtsonPublic Appointments Advice50,000
Europe EconomicsBBC Online Review)
Spectrum Strategy ConsultantsBBC Online Adviser) 332,000
Philip GrafBBC Online Review Co-ordinator)
ASK Europe plc360 Degree Feedback130,070
Denis AllnutTourist Data Project15,750
Small miscellaneous projects aggregate23,450
PA ConsultingLocal Communities Project151,410
PKFHistoric Environment Review40,090
The Gartner GroupBenchmarking of IT Services29,100
Patrick BarwiseBBC New Digital Services—TV)161,300
Tim GardamBBC New Digital Services—Radio)
Shared IntelligencePeer Reviews61,300
PriceWaterhouseCoopersEfficiency Review89,410
PriceWaterhouseCoopersOlympic Cost Review114,080
PriceWaterhouseCoopersOlympic Games Impact Study72,000
AHL LtdAudit Services23,100
UbiqusBBC Charter Review42,000
Angela Watson and AssociatesCultural Services Framework40,000
EftecOlympic Games Impact Study128,530
Morris Hargreaves MclntyreMuseums Education Strategy12,000
Deloitte and ToucheSports Strategy24,000
Odgers,Rayand BerndtsonHeadhunting18,000
Small miscellaneous projects aggregate26,000
Opsis Renewal ConsultingFramework for NDPB Reviews66,900
Hedra plcNDPB Governance47,660
Price WaterhouseCoopersLicensing Act29,500
Price WaterhouseCoopersSponsorship of British Library24,000
KPMGOlympic Games Validation255,000
Helen NimmoOlympic Games Transition)
Matthew SymesOlympic Games Transition) 303,000
Kate CohenOlympic Games Transition)
UbiqusBBC requirement38,500
VeredusPublic Appointments Advice14,000
Small miscellaneous projects aggregate42,500

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Outside legal firms employed by DCMS have not been included in the list.

(b) Since 2003, the Government has published on an annual basis the names and overall cost of special advisers and the number in each pay band. For the most recent information I refer the hon. Member to the statement made by my right hon. Friend, the Prime Minister on 21 July 2005, Official Report, 158–62WS.

Information on the numbers of special advisers prior to 2003 was provided at regular intervals and this information will be available in the Libraries of both Houses.

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